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How is your utility communicating with customers and addressing energy affordability?  California utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) responds to angry customers voicing concerns about taxes, fees, additional charges and higher energy bills.  Chief executive officer of SDG&E, Caroline Winn, assures residents they are not alone in experiencing record inflation.  Winn states that according to federal government data, SDG&E’s average residential electric bill is lower than the national average and the lowest among the three major electric utilities in California.  While the utility is committed to finding solutions, they admit, it won't be an easy fix.

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 16, 2022

Nevelyn, that "SDG&E’s average residential electric bill is lower than the national average" says nothing about the rates paid by consumers, for several reasons:

1) San Diego is arguably the most temperate climate in the country, with cool ocean breezes making air conditioning only necessary 1-2 weeks per year.

2) In 2017, impartial analysts at found San Diego had the highest electricity rates in the continental U.S. ($.28/kWh). If you had rates that high, I'd be forced to lower my bill by using less electricity. Wouldn't you?

3) In 2019, SDG&E began importing cheap electricity from coal and gas plants in Wyoming and Utah - nearly half of it. To conceal its dirty provenance, they labeled it "unspecified sources of power", claiming it's "not traceable to any generation source." That leaves two options: a) Either that source was not paid for $millions in electricity exported to SDG&E, or b) The utility is lying. Which is more likely?

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